While the Samsung Gear 2 and the Gear Fit aren’t exactly cheap devices, it seems that if for whatever reason they get spoilt and you’re not covered by warranty, there’s a good chance that you’d be better off buying a new device rather than repairing the old one. This is according to a report from ZDNet Korea which revealed that broken Gear 2 or Gear Fit devices will have to be sent in for a full repair.
This is compared to a smartphone where you might be able to find components that are replaceable or it’s as easy as replacing the screen. Granted those repairs aren’t that cheap but they are generally cheaper than buying a new device. There is also apparently a fee that users will have to pay when they send the device in for repair which is around $240 for the Gear 2, and $170 for the Gear Fit.
Given that a brand new Gear 2 or Gear Fit isn’t that much more expensive, it has been suggested that maybe users will be better off getting new devices after all. The reason behind this seemingly cumbersome and expensive repair process is because the replacement components aren’t as readily available, not to mention when iFixit tore down the device, they found it pretty hard to repair as well.
One of the reasons is because the components have been soldered onto the main board and the fact that the the display has been glued to the body of the watch, so if you were to remove it, there is a high chance that you might damage the display in the process. However we don’t expect that either device will break just by looking at it, but it should be noted that if it were to be spoilt, you can look forward to a hefty repair bill.